AJC Celebrating Teachers honoree: Kara Cowdrick

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is proud to announce its annual community recognition program – the AJC Celebrating Teachers Awards. We believe the very best of the best are worth honoring and giving them the recognition they deserve. This will be a moment of significant pride for the honoree, their family and school.


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Born and raised in Atlanta, Kara Cowdrick’s teaching career began at Gwinnett County’s Charles Brant Chesney Elementary School, but in her nine years of experienced, she has influenced students and teachers all over the state.

Cowdrick, who earned her bachelor’s in elementary education from Elon University, her Masters from Georgia State University and a doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction from Mercer University, is both a devoted educator and mentor.

She’s part of her school’s leadership team, services new teachers, is an adjunct professor and a an acting member of Atlanta Families’ Award for Excellence in Education Winners’ Circle, which recognizes outstanding educators in five metro Atlanta school districts.

Even when school’s out for the summer, Cowdrick travels with her literacy initiative, the Chesney Champion Bookmobile, and shares books with Chesney students in the Duluth area in hopes of not only inspiring their minds, but also empowering their hearts. She believes the champions in her classroom today are tomorrow’s world leaders.

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